One of the most respected draft analysts in the nation, *NFL Network's *Daniel Jeremiah owns a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the league's youngest players.
As such, he had a lot to say as he visited Chargers Camp for the second time this summer.
First and foremost, he wanted to talk about guard Dan Feeney. With second-round guard Forrest Lamp out with a torn ACL, Jeremiah noted how it was a blessing the Bolts doubled-down on the position on day two of the draft.
"I thought Feeney was the second best interior offensive lineman in the draft, next to only the guy who went ahead of him to the Chargers in Forrest Lamp," he said. "He has what you want in an interior offensive lineman. To me, you want guys who are smart, tough and strong. He checks all three of those boxes. You kick him inside where the space is reduced, I think he has a chance to be outstanding."
Jeremiah also thinks highly of the pair of defensive backs the Chargers selected to kick off the last day of the draft. After taking hard-hitting safety Rayshawn Jenkins in the fourth, the team added former Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King in the fifth. Jeremiah believes both players can emerge as difference makers in a secondary that already features Pro Bowlers Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward.
"Rayshawn to me was somebody I wondered if he could be a Will linebacker or a dime linebacker because he's so big. He has what you look for in a strong safety in (Defensive Coordinator) Gus Bradley's system. Picture Kam Chancellor and plug him into that role. I think there will be a little bit of development there, but he is the ideal what you want to look like to play in that role in this defense.
"Desmond King I think the team can use in a lot of different ways. You can use him in a big nickel. I think you're talking about someone who can play as the high safety, and you can also play him at corner. The speed was something you wondered if he could play at corner, but he ended up running in the low 4.5s. That was a little bit surprising to me. I didn't know that he was going to run that fast. So I'd give him a chance at corner, nickel and safety. He provides a lot of versatility, and he can help this team in a lot of different ways."
The team's rookies weren't the only ones Jeremiah wanted to talk about.
Particularly, he couldn't stop raving about the Bolts' top two picks from a year ago in Joey Bosa and Hunter Henry.
"Hunter Henry was really good last year, but I think you'll see him rise to play at an elite level going forward. He's the one who gets me excited. And then as good as Bosa was, he's just scratching the surface."